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De casibus virorum illustrium
Italy, (Lombardy, Milan or Pavia), ca. 1385-1390
MS M.943. Fol. 003r

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Bird with long neck, possibly crane, legs straddling crossbar of initial E.
Vining border enclosing text block decorated with oak leaves and acorns on three sides, and with flowers in upper margin. Border inhabited by nude man blowing bladder pipe in upper right margin; flying bird in lower right margin; in lower margin, nude youth raising spear with right hand, holding round shield (buckler) at left side, looking down toward horned owl below; drawing of dog at right.

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